I want my family to be happy and content, I want my children to live abundant lives where they are empowered to create their own future moment by moment. I want my home to be a peaceful, engaging and encouraging environment, I want family life to be fun! I would also quite like it to be tidy (although that might be asking too much)!
Despite really wanting these things, life doesn’t always feel this way. My life isn’t unhappy, far from it. I have three beautiful and healthy girls a committed and hard working husband, a successful and growing career, a warm home and plenty of friends and family for support….BUT I shout far more than I want to, my children argue, moan and fight and I am always exhausted. There are many moments when I find that I just cant hold back the tears.
Sometimes I cry because of sleep deprivation, sometimes I cry because of frustration, sometimes I cry because of an overwhelming feeling of failure. Sometimes I just cry.
Sadly, I know this is relatively normal, I would be lost without my mummy support network and my 2am reading of endless parenting blogs (one of my favourites being findingjoy; I highly recommend), but I started to ask myself, do I have to feel this way? Does adult life really have to be this hard?
So I started to look for answers, ideas and inspiration and there is certainly plenty of literature out there but what actually works for the average family like mine?
The Contented Family Project was therefore born out of my desire to allow happiness to flow into my life without limits. I plan on using various tips and advice and testing them out on my little guinea pigs. You are welcome to join me on this endeavour, please let me know what works for you (and indeed what really doesn’t).
This the beginning of an exciting journey, and like all adventures its not the final destination that matters but the beauty that can be found along the way!